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Titta Kallio-Seppä

Titta Kallio-Seppä
The Museum of Torne Valley

PhD

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Kallio-Seppä, T., Lipkin, S., Tranberg, A., Väre, T. & Moilanen, U. 2022. Introduction. In Search of the Unusual in Early Modern and Modern Burial Traditions. In: Unusual Death and Memorialization. Burial, Space, and Memory in the Post-Medieval North, edited by T. Kallio-Seppä, S. Lipkin, T. Väre, U. Moilanen & A. Tranberg. pp. 1-18. Berghahn Books...
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This chapter discusses the role of women and children within early industrial communities, groups that are largely overlooked in industrial archaeological research. We use the early industrial Pikisaari pitch mill community in the town of Oulu, Northern Finland as a case study, which has yielded diverse archaeological evidence for the presence of w...
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Examination of northern Finnish postmedieval funerary attire and coffins reveals culturally constructed sensory experiences and emotions of the individuals who took care of preparing dead children for burial. Based on historical sources, the attire and coffins for small children were generally made by adolescent godparents, whereas dressing and han...
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Kallio-Seppä, T., Lipkin, S., Väre, T., Moilanen, U. & Tranberg, A. 2022. Unusual Death and Memorialization - Burial, Space, and Memory in the Post-Medieval North. Berghahn Books, New York & Oxford.
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We report a plausible case of partial postmortem fetal extrusion dating to the turn of the 19th century. A fetal skull protruded from the obstetric canal of the partially mummified remains of an adult woman buried in a private burial chapel in Vihti, South Finland. The fetal size implies the mother having died during the early third trimester of he...
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Natural mummification occurs in various favorable conditions. Cold environments have produced mummified human remains in northern Finland. These remains buried under the church floors mummified naturally probably through a process resembling freeze-drying. This chapter explores the conditions that led to the mummification of dozens and potentially...
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Two ongoing projects at the University of Oulu, Finland, are studying burials situated below the floorboards of Finnish churches. The projects examine mortality and materiality in Finland using an exceptionally well-preserved assemblage of mummified human remains. Multidisciplinary research methods, including CT scanning, μCT scanning, sampling for...
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Archaeological material from early modern Sweden reveals that material and social meaning was intertwined in townscape odors; that is, odors and their association with unhygienic conditions affected the physical structure of the town, its material culture, and different traditions in the use of “townspace.” During the latter half of the 18th centur...
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Haukiputaan kirkon kupeessa sijaitsee noin 1,2 hehtaarin kokoinen, puuaidalla rajattu, korkeita ja paksurunkoisia kuusia ja mäntyjä kasvava metsikkö. Aluetta kirkon puolelta tarkasteltaessa huomaa aidassa portin, joka johdattaa pienelle avoimelle alueelle metsikön laidalla. Siellä täällä puiden seassa erottaa erilaisia kivestä, raudasta ja pellistä...
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The 17th–19th century burial materials from northern Ostrobothnia are studied in order to consider the value, origin and meaning of textiles especially in child burials. The focus is on the preservation, quality and dyes of burial textiles unearthed at the yard of Oulu Cathedral as well as the clothes of the mummified bodies currently under the flo...
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This article focuses on the processes of memorialization and heritagization through a case study from Oulu, Finland, where a cast-iron rail encircling a pine tree constitutes a memorial marking the site of the country’s last official execution by hanging in 1916. The memorial and its immediate surroundings are examined here through historical docum...
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Priestly burials under North-Ostrobothnian Finnish church floors – Case studies from the 14th to 18th centuries Into the early 19th century, members of the highest classes in Finland were customarily buried beneath church floors. Throughout Finland, and particularly in northern Finland, a number of these church burials have preserved in excellent...
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Mummified human remains have been preserved in the cool, well-ventilated crypts of old Finnish churches, which were popular burial sites among the elite of the early modern period. Here, the authors present the results of a computed tomography study of the remains of an early 17th-century vicar of Keminmaa. They examined the preservation of his rem...
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Recent theoretical debates have identified time as a key area for research by historical archaeologists. In this paper we present evidence from Tornio, in northern Finland, and suggest that the early-17th-century colonists who founded this town developed a multidimensional conception of time that varied according to context and allowed deeply held...
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Cultural anthropologists and historians have successfully adopted a borderlands perspective to investigate interaction, power, and identity between emerging or expanding state societies. This article develops an archaeological approach to such interstitial landscapes. It conceptualizes borderlands as spaces where people engage the material world un...
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This article discusses street mirrors or 'gossip mirrors', in terms of urban social relations and surveillance. Street mirrors were introduced to coastal towns in Sweden and Finland in the 18th and early 19th centuries and may still be found in well-preserved towns with historic wooden centres. The authors argue that the introduction of monitoring...
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In 1822, a devastating town fire sealed a large ceramic assemblage from a store in the town of Oulu in northern Finland. Excavations of the merchant’s stock recovered over a hundred kilograms of ceramics that was almost entirely composed of undecorated creamware, a ware and decorative type whose popularity had faded significantly by the 1820’s. The...
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Some 220,000 German soldiers were stationed and fought in northern Finland during World War II. These troops required huge amounts of supplies that were provided by supply encampments in several locations, including the towns of Oulu and Tornio. In this paper the authors consider how the memory of these German-built sites has shaped post-war urban...

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This interdisciplinary project studied Post-Medieval northern Finnish churches, their cultural heritage and under-church-floor burials.
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International historical archaeology, excavation and field survey